Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Magical Memorial Memories

We had a great weekend – but first – the week.  I had a pretty cool first experience on Tuesday.  It was advocacy day at work and we met in Raleigh and we went to talk to senators and representatives about supporting a couple bills that will lead to stronger, healthier babies.  I had never done anything like it or even been to the NC legislative building so it was pretty neat. 

Wednesday morning Lindy was the flag holder on Eagle Eye News.  She did a good job and actually stayed quiet.  She didn’t dance at the end; she just waved.  I was hoping to see some moves.  The kids get to be on Eagle Eye News one more time next week and they are excited about that.

The rest of the week was normal.  I did have a half day of work on Friday which was sweet.  I met Drew for lunch and then I went shopping at the mall for birthday presents.  We picked the kids up from school together which they were surprised to see!   We ran to Target and then home for a bit.  We headed to Greensboro for dinner with our friends.  We played outside, ate dinner and the kids played.  The kids had moved inside to the playroom while the adults were still sitting outside talking.  I see a kid coming to the back door but I couldn’t figure out who it was.  The door opens and it was Lindy dressed in a full Jake the pirate costume.  Black hair included.  We all fell out laughing it was so funny.  She was so proud of the outfit and she was posing.  Hannah came down dressed as Izzy and from then on they were kindred pirate spirits.  It was so funny.  We had to pry her out of the costume at the end of the night but being the nice people they are – they let us borrow it.  SO now the Jake costume is in our possession and she has had it on as much as we will let her.  She looks so crazy with the hair. 

Saturday we got up and headed out on a day trip.  We always talk about doing them but then usually get lazy and back out.  I was proud that we did it!  We headed to the Boone area.  We got on the Blue Ridge Parkway and stopped at Moses Cone Memorial Park to check out the old mansion and have a picnic lunch.  It was a beautiful spot to eat and take a break.  We jumped back on the parkway and headed to Grandfather Mountain.  We had so much fun at Grandfather Mountain!  I have always heard about it but had never been.  We got to check out two cool rocks, a Fudge Shop, hike, walk across the Mile High Swinging Bridge, go through the Nature Museum, and see some rescued animals.  We were there for hours and we had a blast.  You can drive up to the bridge but you can also hike 0.4 mile up there so we did that.  It was pretty rocky terrain so Drew carried Lindy up and down.  It was a nice little hike that lets you walk under the bridge which was neat.  The bridge is 1 mile above sea level and about 80ft above a ravine.  It used to be a wooden bridge that had some serious swing to it.  They redid the bridge and it is much more stable now.  It does sway a bit.  The view was amazing up there and the kids thought it was super cool.  After leaving Grandfather Mountain we grabbed some dinner at a BBQ restaurant in Blowing Rock and I got to go look in a couple shops at the outlets before heading home.   We all crashed Saturday night.

Yesterday we got up and headed to church and we had a potluck after church.  We headed to my parents’ after church to finish up the holiday weekend.  Mom and I went and did some shopping while the kids played at the house.  We went and visited some friends in Mooresville who just moved into a new house.  We got to see their new house and chat for just a bit.  Today we got up and spent the day by the pool.  Lynn came over to spend the day with us and we grilled out.  The day was so pretty.

We did have a bit of trouble with our precious daughter.  She played in the pool for awhile, and then would say she had to pee.  Someone would take a soaking wet Lindy into the bathroom.  She would come back to swim and say she had to poop.  Lynn took her in the first time and she pooped just a bit in her suit so she got a new one.  But she didn’t really go to the bathroom but just a bit more.  She came back out and did the same thing again.  I made her pee in the grass one time and then she said she had to poop.  Drew ran her in and there was a tiny bit in her pants.  Onto the third swim suit of the day.  We ate and played some more.  Drew was in the pool and we look over and Lindy had gotten in and jumped off the steps – with no floatie on.  Which would be fine if she could swim.  Drew was right there and she was fine.  He let her do it again and then he got out with her.  I look over and she is taking her swim suit off – because she had pooped in it.  That shut down the pool.  uggggg.  I was so frustrated with her.   We had to clean her, her suit, the bathtub.  uggggg.  She was on my list the rest of the night.  We all got cleaned up and changed and then it actually started raining.  We headed home and here I am writing my post. 

It was a great weekend.  Back to reality we go tomorrow!

With my coworkers in Raleigh at the Legislative Building.IMG_4627
The flag holder!  This was during the practice.  DSC_9347
I thought she looked cute laying there reading her book with her legs crossed!
My waiter one day.  Loved the pencil behind the ear.  IMG_4645
It’s Jake.  She came out so proud of herself!IMG_4653
Jake and Izzy! 
One of Will’s creations.  Now incorporating magna tiles and dominoes.  Whoa! 
Dressed up Saturday morning!
At our first stop on the Blue Ridge Parkway at the Moses Cone Manor.DSC_9355
Our little picnic. 
What a view.  Can you imagine looking out at this from your front porch?!
Holding up the Sphinx Rock at Grandfather Mountain!DSC_9372
Hiking our way to the bridge.DSC_9383
Walking under the bridge on the way up!DSC_9389DSC_9391
I love when kind people offer to take a family picture!
Heading on the bridge! 
The view from the other side!  So cool!DSC_9409DSC_9411DSC_9414DSC_9415DSC_9418
In the nature museum and heading to check out the animals.  DSC_9420DSC_9423DSC_9427
Memorial Day in the water.   Pre poop! ha!DSC_9434DSC_9435DSC_9436
Too funny not to share!DSC_9445

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